1. Other Teachers Will Save Your Skin
You may have heard that the teaching profession is a dog-eat dog-world and it’s every man (or woman) for themselves, but you couldn’t be more wrong. Something to always remember if you want to be a successful teacher is to help out your fellow teachers, because sooner or later you’ll need their help in return. Every child is different and therefore every child learns differently, so a little help from your colleagues could go a long way! So no matter how much teacher training you’ve done, you constantly have to learn as you go.
2. Relating to Students Really Matters
3. Working with Parents is Tough
4. You’ll Rarely Relax
5. Your Students Will Distract You
find anything to pick on about you and the way you teach. These distractions usually come about to divert your attention from students doing something against the school’s rules. Your students may also take note of the little quirks, mannerisms and characteristics that you never knew you had. Whether it’s the odd way you walk, the fact that your socks don’t match, that daft pattern on your tie or the peculiar way to pronounce Sudoku, your students
, particularly if they’re young, will reveal them to you in no time!
6. You’ll Become A Child Again
As you spend more and more time at school planning lessons, decorating the classroom and having meetings with parents and guardians as well as your colleagues, you’re likely to feel nostalgic about your own youth, especially if you’re working in a primary school. For many primary NQTs, this often leads to watching countless children’s’ films, reading children’s books and effectively becoming a child in your spare time. Also, with all the organisational work teachers have to do, it’s no wonder many would rather say in and cosy up with a Disney movie and a mug of hot chocolate (complete with marshmallows of course) than go out clubbing with the rest of the young’uns!
7. Don’t Base Your Teaching Career on Your 1st NQT Year
8. Everyone Will Expect Something From You
Teachers have a lot pressure to deal with, not just from
their colleagues and students, but also from the school’s community. Particularly, if you work in a local or single-form entry school, you may have to act as a shoulder to cry on, an authoritative figure, an educator, a nurse and even a friend. You will also be teaching pupils with varying levels of ability, concentration and appreciation for school and to become a truly successful teacher, you need to adhere to all your students’ educational needs
9. You Must Develop a ‘Teacher Voice’
of the most important but trickiest aspects in teaching. A student’s behavior and attitude can completely control their educational path so it’s integral that as an
NQT, you find the balance between being a friendly teacher and an effective teacher.
10. Always Have A Plan B
fession where you’ll be constantly learning as well as teaching. After all, as Leonardo Da Vinci once said, “Learning never exhausts the mind.”
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